Family activities

Family activities

Getting outside with kids can be challenging, but encouraging them at a young age can give them an appreciation that lasts a lifetime

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Mappy Christmas Crafts

The countdown is on for Christmas! So get crafty with your old paper maps with these 10 festive ideas on how to repurpose them.

Learn to cycle

Cycling is brilliant for all ages – it’s fun, great physical exercise and provides an opportunity for family adventures outside. This useful learn to cycle guide will help you teach someone to ride for the first time.

20 activities to try in autumn

Keep your children busy in autumn with these 20 ideas for fun outdoor activities suitable for all ages.

Top tips to get children using paper maps

Find top tips on how to teach children to map read and make it fun with 'Get Out With The Kids'.

Countryside Code walks with Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep is the champion of Natural England’s Countryside Code. Shaun shares some of his favourite short walks suitable for the whole family.

Best wild ruins for families to visit in the Midlands

Nikki Squires, author of Wild Guide Central England, shares her favourite wild ruins in the Midlands area. From the White Ladies Priory in Wolverhampton to the The Elephant Stone in Worcestershire, all these family-friendly locations make a great day out.

Map reading skills for children

Find out why you should get maps for kids and encourage them to improve their map reading skills. These guides will show you how to make map reading for kids of all ages both fun and educational.

25 island adventures in Britain for families

Having explored over 600 islands in Britain, Lisa Drewe shares some of her top family-friendly island adventures in Britain, plus recommended walking routes. Whether you are a hiker, sand-castle maker, beach lover, wildlife watcher or just have a curious mind, these family-friendly adventures will help make a great tip.

Kids treasure hunt

OS Champions, The Meek Family, love to find new ways to make maps more fun. Try their outdoor treasure hunt game to introduce kids to maps and discover the benefits of map reading skills for children. Includes downloadable activity and answer cards for the game.

Den building: family activity ideas

Den building is a rite of childhood - it's cheap, you can do it anytime of year, it’s universal and it’s fun for all ages. Heading outside to build a den will keep the kids entertained during the school holidays. The Den Kit Co. explore the art of den building and offer some tips on how to plan a great day out.